Anticipation for the tour Down Under grew on Monday when the all-rounder confirmed his availability, following a break from the game due to a finger injury and mental health issues.
The 30-year-old has opened up on the “dark place” he was in when taking a step back from the game but is confident that is now behind him.
Stokes announced his “indefinite” break in July having suffered with a finger injury for a number of months. Now repaired, he praised doctors for making his finger feel “like new again”.
The injury was described as a larger trigger than Stokes realised as he made his brief departure from the sport, and he paid tribute to those who have helped him return for the Ashes.
He added: “I had also been struggling with bubble life and events off the field. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I did, because I wasn’t in a good place and I’m not afraid to admit it.
“I was in a real dark place and having some difficult thoughts. I was always one of those people who wouldn’t talk about how they are feeling and just keep it internal and crack on. I now realise talking is such a powerful thing and it has completely changed me.
“Talking to my wife, talking to close friends like [Joe] Rooty, it has really helped as too the professionals I have worked with.”Uncategorised